Lanquín is a town located on the northeastern edge Central Highlands in Guatemala.
It is much hotter here than in the highlands as it is located in the deep valleys between the mountains.
- Most people get to Lanquín from Cobán. The Minibus costs 40Q (as of February 2020), and will include stops to pick up locals.
- Direct shuttles run by various companies leave daily from Antigua and Flores and will arrive in Lanquín around 5 pm. Prices range from 135-200Q.
The shuttle from Flores leaves at 8:00 and arrive at 5 pm. The last part is on dirty road, under construction. February 2020
- Walking is the best way to get around town. As it is not too large, most things can be reached within a twenty minute walk. In addition, you can get anywhere via Tuk Tuk´s which can be seen on the streets sometimes as late as 11p.m. or you can try to hitch a ride in a local truck for a couple of Qs.
- Salto del Cabro waterfalls - Continue outside of Lanquin, past El Retiro for about four miles. You will come to another village. Ask about the waterfalls there (cascadias), and someone will point them out.
- Bats at Dusk - Go to the Grutas de Lanquin (Lanquin caves) at twilight. Go into the cave entrance and enjoy as the bats fly around your head as they exit the cave. Go in a large group, and negotiate a reduced rate. Show up after dark, and get in free (but miss most of the show).
- Grutas de Lanquin - Explore this cave by flashlight. See the bats at dusk. General admission is 30Q, though large groups can negotiate.
- River Tubing - Tube down the Lanquin river.
- Semuc Champey - Located about 10km outside of Lanquin, along rough road is a series of tiered limestone pools of varying shades of turquoise. A wild river runs underneath the pools here. Hike up to the mirador for a view pools. Swim in the pools and jump off of the rocks. Entrance fee 50Q. If you go on your own, you can catch a ride in one of the pick-up trucks in the center. They ask 25Q per foreigner, locals pay significantly less so this can be bargained down to about 10-15Q depending on your skills.
- There is a small market in town, but nothing that isn't found throughout all of Guatemala.
- There is a Banrural bank, and ATM.
- Comedor Shalom - Located in town, they provide standard Guatemalan fare for 20-30Q. They don't serve alcohol but don't mind if you bring your own.
- Comedor Champey - Located on the road between the center of Lanquin and El Retiro, it is located near the bridge and the school. It is also denoted by Hebrew written on the sign. Serve a very delicious schnitzel for 25Q.
- El Muro Pub - Located in the center of town, has satellite television for watching sports, serves a variety of drinks and is also a hostel.
All the following places are restarts with restaurant on the spot and quite isolated.
- El Recreo - Located as you come into town. Swimming pools and zip lines are available here. Ideal for large tour groups.
- El Retiro (see in OpenStreetMap) A large guesthouse complex beautifully located next to the Lanquin River owned and run by locals and deciated to channelling funds back to the local community. Sleeping facilities range from Hammocks to rooms with private beds and even suites with air conditioning. There is a pit for a fire, sauna, jacuzzi, access to swim in the river, an excellent bar with big family-style buffet dinners served each night. Table tennis, volleyball court and many table games. An easy place to settle into for a couple of days. They also organize tours and transportation, but you can find slightly cheaper options in the village. Note: Wifi is not free. There is a small onsite internet cafe run by locals which sells internet access either using their computers (30 mins = Q5, 3 day unlimited pass = Q30, machines a bit buggy and full of adware) or wifi (Q15 per hour, no unlimited pass available).
- Zephyr Lodge - Party hostel featuring an infinity pool overlooking the valley, it is the most popular spot among young backpackers. Need to book in advance in high season.
- There are other guesthouses and hotels located centrally in Lanquin village, as well as a couple of larger properties closer to Semuc Champey.
- Hostal Oasis de Lanquín - located next to the Lanquin River, relaxing place. Free internet.
Very standard and tasteless food and kind staff as most places in Guatemala. Clean dormitories (6 beds) $ 10 (February 2020) or bungalows and access to swim in the river.
Don't miss the Grutas de Lanquin where you can see thousands of bats exiting the cave each evening. Staff will also take you tubing down the river.
- Utopia Eco Hotel - located about 3km from Semuc Champey. Hammocks 35Q, Dorms 65Q, Privates 165Q as of November 2018. Good vegetarian food, offers tubing on the Rio Cahabon from Semuc Champey directly to the hostel. Offers chocolate making tours, with 2,000 cacao trees on the property.
- Casa El Zapote - located about 2km from Semuc Champey. Casa El Zapote provides authentic Central American eco-cultural experiences. El Zapote is on the main road to Semuc Champey, situated between mountains. Accommodation includes 4 private rooms with private bath, 5 private rooms with shared bath and dorms. Amenities and services include restaurant with flexible hours, bar, tours and transportation.
- Viñas Hotel, restaurant and pool located 5 minutes walk from the centre of the Lanquin, owned by local family. Open air swimming pool, bar and restaurant. They can organise all the tours and shuttle services. Prices starting from Q50 per person/dormitory up to Q250 for private/air-conditioned room with cable TV
- Many guesthouses can make travel arrangements for you.
- There are regular minibuses to Coban from Lanquin.